On Saturday, January 24, former two-time Featherweight World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will travel south from his hometown of Gilroy, California to make his junior lightweight debut at Staples Center in Los Angeles against seasoned veteran Edel Ruiz.
Guerrero's return to the ring against Ruiz is the featured undercard attraction on the first major boxing event of 2009, the WBA Welterweight Championship showdown between Antonio Margarito and "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
Guerrero, a recent signee of Golden Boy Promotions, is eager to get back into the ring after nearly a year layoff.
"It's good to be back and I can't wait to get back into the ring, especially in California at Staples Center where I won my first world title," said Guerrero. "It's an honor to be fighting on the same card as Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley, but I can't lie - I'm looking to steal the show on January 24th."
An exciting southpaw with two-fisted power, 25-year-old Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, 22-1-1 (15), has enjoyed a meteoric rise that has seen him win the IBF featherweight title twice while beating the likes of Eric Aiken, Spend Abazi, Martin Honorio and Jason Litzau.
Going undefeated in world title fights and more impressively winning them all by knockout, Guerrero has proven to be a dynamic puncher and now plans on conquering new territory in the 130-pound weight division.
A native of Los Mochis, Mexico, 31-year-old Edel Ruiz, 31-21-4 (22), is best known for his toughness and the fact that he guns for anyone he steps into the ring with.
For 14 years, Ruiz has excited fight fans with his determination and willingness to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime, and following two straight knockout wins late in 2008, he's got the momentum necessary to lead him into battle against "The Ghost" on January 24th.
Margarito vs. Mosley, which is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate,will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
Remaining tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are available at the Staples Center Box Office, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.